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2:40 AM ET, June 16, 2009

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Boston Globe:
Iran's Disputed Election  —  Following up from last Friday's entry about Iran's Presidential Election, Tehran and other cities have seen the largest street protests and rioting since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.  Supporters of reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, upset at their announced loss …
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Cantor faces off with White House over Iran  —  The White House maintained its cautious tone on the disputed election and subsequent upheaval in Iran on Monday, while a GOP leader lashed out at “the administration's silence.”  —  Meeting with the press before President Obama's speech …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Unrest in Iran forces Obama's hand  —  The images of massive protests and beaten students in the streets of Tehran, Iran, forced an initially reluctant President Barack Obama to speak out sharply against the crackdown and to raise doubts about the election's outcome.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Good news: State Dep't refuses to condemn Iranian crackdown; Update: 2 to 3 million at rally  —  So says Fox News, via the Standard.  Lefties keep assuring me on Twitter that western meddling will only make it easier for the regime to demonize the protesters, but (a) the demonization's …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Also, I'll Have Kale, Spinach and Peas For Dinner  —  God love Sullivan, because I know his heart is in the right place: … If someone can give me one legitimate piece of evidence that wearing green boxers is going to help bring democracy to Iran, so help me I'll wear plaid from head to toe and shoot for world peace.
The Politico:
Ahmadinejad won.  Get over it  —  Without any evidence, many U.S. politicians and “Iran experts” have dismissed Iranian President Ahmadinejad's reelection Friday, with 62.6 percent of the vote, as fraud.  —  They ignore the fact that Ahmadinejad's 62.6 percent of the vote in this year's election …
Aljazeera:
‘One shot dead’ at Iran protest  —  At least one person has been killed in Tehran after armed men opened fire during a rally by tens of thousands of people protesting against Iran's election results.  —  Clashes were reported on Monday hours after the rally, held in defiance of a ban imposed by the interior ministry, began.
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Jimmy Arone / Big Hollywood:
Real Time, Real Man: Maher Takes His Shot at Palin  —  Here we go again.  —  During his opening monologue on ‘Real Time’ Friday night, Bill Maher, couldn't resist piling on to the David Letterman controversy and the sex jokes made by him earlier in the week regarding Sarah Palin's daughter.
The Live Feed:
Letterman re-addresses Palin: ‘I had no idea [Willow] was there’  —  David Letterman re-addressed the controversy surrounding his jokes about Sarah Palin's family during the taping of CBS' “Late Show” on Monday.  —  Letterman said he had no idea Palin was at the Yankees game with her 14-year-old daughter …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Don Surber
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Letterman Apologizes — Again — to Governor Palin and Her Family  —  David Letterman directly apologized to Gov Sarah Palin and her daughters on his program Monday night, saying he took responsibility for a joke that had offended Ms. Palin, her family, and her supporters.
Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
AMA to Obama: Feh.  —  From my vantage point about ten feet away from the television set, here's a thumbnail sketch of President Obama's speech to the American Medical Association today.  —  Reform will deliver beter quality medicine.  (Tepid applause.)  —  Reform will reduce the cost burden on employers and the government.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Don Surber
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Stanley B. Greenberg / The New Republic:
Repeat the Question  —  Why health care reform could fail again.
Discussion: American Thinker and Maggie's Farm
The Huffington Post:   Obama Takes Up Public Health Care Option In AMA Speech
Ncarlile / Think Progress:
State GOP staffer sends racist image of Obama.  —  Over the weekend, a GOP official in South Carolina posted a comment to Facebook comparing Michelle Obama to an escaped gorilla.  Now, in a second instance of Republicans playing the race card against the Obamas, Wonkette notes that a racist e-mail …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Lean Left
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Christian Grantham / Nashville Is Talking:
Sen Diane Black's (R-Gallatin) legislative aid circulates racist email  —  Newscoma posted details of a racist email sent from Sherri Goforth, legislative aid for Sen. Diane Black (R-Gallatin).  The email depicts the Presidents of the United States with President Barack Obama as a pair of eyes in a black background.
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Down Time Rescheduled  —  A critical network upgrade must be performed to ensure continued operation of Twitter.  In coordination with Twitter, our network host had planned this upgrade for tonight.  However, our network partners at NTT America recognize the role Twitter is currently playing as an important communication tool in Iran.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Reality Check  —  Iran apologist Roger Cohen in today's Times: … There's an amazing thing happening in the blogs over the last few days that one assumes is a fair reflection of a broader shift in attitudes towards Iran.  Six months ago, few Americans would have disputed that Ahmadinejad …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Fox News:
Cheney: I Hope Panetta Was ‘Misquoted’ in Claiming My Wish for Attack  —  After the CIA director apparently told The New Yorker that he thinks the former vice president is crossing his fingers for another attack on America, Dick Cheney says he hopes his “old friend” didn't really say those words.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Exclusive: House Dems Planning Major Changes To Secret CIA Briefings Of Congress  —  In a move that could spark another fight with the GOP over CIA intelligence and secrecy, House Dems are quietly preparing to make major changes to the ways the CIA briefs Congress on covert actions …
ACLU:
CSRT CENSORSHIP  —  The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit demanding the release of un-redacted transcripts of Guantánamo Bay prisoners describing abuse and torture suffered in CIA custody.  The lawsuit follows a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking transcripts …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Eliminationist gear at Cafe Press: Scott Roeder is an American Hero and shoot Obama stuff for sale  —  The Eliminationists are having a nice time over at Cafe Press.  Here's some of Mad Max Market's designs.  The man who murdered Dr. Tiller, Scott Roeder is an American Hero now and Having …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Iran Update  —  You've probably seen the reports of the shooting that took place at the rally at which Mr. Mousavi spoke in Tehran yesterday.  Al Jazeera and al Arabiya are now reporting that Iranian state radio has announced that seven people were killed along with many others wounded.
Discussion: Aljazeera and Associated Press
Glenn Beck / Washington Post:
Pundit Glenn Beck on ‘Common Sense,’ More  —  Radio and television personality Glenn Beck was online Monday, June 15 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss his new book, “Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine.”  —  Chicago: Glenn, On June 6 you said" …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Senator endorses Crist opponent  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is set to become the first sitting Republican senator to back Marco Rubio's long-shot candidacy against Gov. Charlie Crist in the Florida Senate primary, the latest sign of conservative unrest over the Washington establishment's support of the Florida governor.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Not One Red Cent
Jane Hamsher / Campaign Silo:
Supplemental Update: They Don't Have The Votes  —  Paul Martin from PeaceAction is up on the Hill today.  He emails this: … Keep calling, these Reps voted “no” the last time and now won't say where they stand.  They need to be reminded of their 2007 commitment not to vote for any war funding …
 
 
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